YMCA Camp Orkila‘s Teen Expedition and Leadership Program is looking for dedicated and exceptional sailors to join its instructor team for this coming 2020 summer season. We are located on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Island archipelago. Instructors work with groups of up to 8 teens (aged 13 to 17) on one- and two-week leadership and expedition courses aboard our keel boat fleet of J-24 and Soling sailboats.
Our instructors work with teens and teach the skills and techniques of keel boat sailing along with introducing them to camping and traveling outdoors. Our courses focus on sailing and navigating the San Juan Islands while engaging in wilderness exploration and group development. Groups camp on different islands while out in the field while under the care and supervision of our trip leaders. In addition to teaching sailing, our trip leaders may also lead workshops around leadership development, communications styles, youth work and facilitate their teens in a leader of the day experience. For more information and to apply, please see our job ad HERE
For over 100 years Orkila has been a place where young people can explore their connection to the outdoors and learn more about themselves. Orkila’s Teen Expedition Program aims to build upon these ideals by taking our teenaged participants out into the San Juan Islands to help them grow in their understandings of leadership, service, and outdoor stewardship. Each year a community of staff come together to achieve that goal, guiding teens on biking, sailing, and sea kayaking adventures and helping them achieve more than they ever thought possible. An Orkila Expedition doesn’t just build technical skills, it also encourages deep introspection and personal growth. Our teens leave with a broader sense of themselves as individuals and how they can be a positive force in their communities.o teaching sailing, our trip leaders may also lead workshops around leadership development, communications styles, youth work and facilitate their teens in a leader of the day experience.